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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Judge's ruling affects some, not all parking tickets

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  • Joeff Davis

After is was discovered — thanks to an 11Alive News investigation — that a computer virus was preventing people from paying City of Atlanta parking tickets both online and over the phone, Municipal Court Judge Crystal Gaines signed an order waiving late fees on tickets that were issued between July 22 and September 14 of this year.

Yesterday, presumably because there'd been some confusion about Gaines' ruling, the city issued a press release clarifying that fees are only being waived for tickets issued by the City of Atlanta, not for tickets issued by outsourced parking authority PARKatlanta.

Let's look at the difference, shall we?

CLEMENCY ...

City of Atlanta parking citation
  • City of Atlanta parking citation

NO CLEMENCY ...

PARKatlanta parking citation
  • PARKatlanta parking citation

Got it? Good.

Is it just me or does it seem like every time something's done to make parking easier on people, it ends up becoming more confusing? Wouldn't it be easier if all parking tickets could be paid in the same place? And didn't anyone in-house notice the phone and computer payment systems weren't working? Makes you wonder whether they would have just let people pay the late fees.

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